TALK – Anxiety/Fears
A five-week programme for 8 to 12-year olds who are experiencing anxiety (Often feeling worried, fearful, nervous, anxious, scared)
AND their parents/carers. The three parent sessions are the most important part of the whole programme
Parents of 4- to 7-year-olds who are experiencing fears, can join for the parent sessions – phone the TALK Co-Ordinator to discuss this option
The purpose of the programme is to support parents/carers to develop and implement their own “Parenting Plan” that reduces their child’s anxiety/fears.
“Talk” stands for “Triple P And Lessons for Kids”
We “Talk” in the parent/caregiver sessions about what anxiety/fears are, what might be causing them, and what they can do to manage them. In the Kids sessions, we “Talk” about what to do if one “feeling” becomes too big or too often (while having fun!).
ACROSS Palmerston North have brought together two award winning programmes – The Triple P Positive Parenting Programme and the “Starving Your Anxiety Gremlin” by Kate Collins-Donnelly to help parents reduce their child’s anxiety.
Parents/caregivers attend 3 parent sessions (during school time or in the evening) and then attend the afterschool programme with their child (one hour a week for 4 weeks). More than one parent/caregiver parenting the same child can attend. The purpose of the children’s sessions is to support parents to implement the strategies talked about in the parent sessions.
Parents/Caregivers, through the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme, will have an opportunity to:
Self-assess what is happening for them and their child
Learn about Anxiety/Fears in children and what strategies they could use to help reduce it (Triple P strategies to prevent, teach and respond)
Create and monitor their own parenting plan
Implement some of the strategies with their child during the Kid sessions
Think about how they can encourage their child’s confidence and self-esteem
8 to 12 year olds will have the opportunity to:
Identify feelings/emotions and think about how they are all normal
Gain an understanding of what strategies they can use when a feeling/emotion becomes too big
Have an opportunity to work one on one with their parent in a supported environment
Have fun with their parent (Programme includes popcorn, short fun YouTube clips, and nonthreatening fun games)
Please note that the kid’s sessions do not focus on anxiety – we talk about all emotions and what to do if one emotion becomes too big or too strong.